What is a strategy...or what is the strategy of the people above when we are talking about trad climbing?
Strategy, in trad, means; a plan of action designed to achieve an overall aim.
first you most have an objective, an intention to do a route. Gave me a plane ticket, and i will fly to "Les drus" in France because I began to climb with a story on that mountain. It is just 5.7, but for me...it is valuable.
second, it is a plan of action. You want to do the route in four or two pitches? where do you want to built your anchor (when there is no bolt....more fun), which grade, etc.
The answer of all those questions, and some more, make a plan and after you have your plan, you can do it in real life. and make it or fail.
But, as a beginner, what is more fun? to learn how to make a strategy to climb a route, which is the same as a strategy to find a great job, or to always do what dgoguen, sneoh, kenreville and the other wrote?
Man, you are really overthinking. I mean, seriously.
And I really don't get what the Nose and les Drus are bringing to the point, if not mere (and pretty cheap) name-dropping effect.